On a cold, dreary, winter day, there is nothing nicer than snuggling with my girls on the couch under a cozy blanket, one child tucked on either side. During this week's Winter Theme Home Preschool, we've read lots of books about snow, snowmen, cold weather, animals in winter, and hibernation. Take a look at these Books About Winter make some choices, and then snuggle up for some winter reading!
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Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow by Jacky Davis
We absolutely love the Ladybug Girl series. Lulu is such a great role model for young girls, and each of her stories teaches a nice lesson in a gentle, non-overbearing way. In this story, Lulu and Bingo play in the snow together and learn that even if things don't go as planned, they can still have a good time! Older toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary aged children will love this story.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
If you don't own The Snowy Day, then you should go out and purchase it immediately. The story of a little boy, who lives in the city, going out to explore and play on a snowy day, is one of our all time favorites. There's a reason you see that Caldecott Medal on its cover! Keats' illustrative style is so simple and captivating, and the colors he uses in this book are delightfully retro.
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy and the Big Snow is one of our very favorites! Katy is a snow plow, but she is so powerful that she only gets to go out in the BIG snows. Sure enough, one comes and Katy gets to work rescuing the city. The illustrations are detailed, and show Katy chugging through a map of the city. My girls love to trace their fingers along Katy's circuitous path! They also love to pretend to be Katy, and push around a laundry hamper through the 'snow' in our house. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
What a beautiful book! This book has won all kinds of awards, and they are well-deserved. A little boy is convinced that it is going to snow, but the adults in town think that it is just a few flakes, or that it will all blow away and amount to nothing. But soon the whole city is blanketed in snow and the boy goes out to enjoy frolicking with his pup and neighbors. The illustrations immediately reminded me of old school Russia, and the author's style has no doubt been influenced by his Polish heritage. This is a cute book for toddlers and preschoolers (and it will make adults smile, too).
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Snowflake Bentley tells the story of real-life Wilson Bentley, who was obsessed with snowflakes from a young age. He eventually developed a method of photographing them, and became quite famous for it! The wood-cut style illustrations are stunning. I love the message in this story of sticking with what you love!
Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright
Poor Sneezy can't get comfortable. He is too cold, so he does all sorts of things to make himself warm. Unfortunately, as he gets warm, he melts and his friends have to rebuild him. Eventually he finds a way to make himself feel just right. This story is written in verse, with a catchy, easy-to-read cadence. The repetitive nature of the story is just right for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children.
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Ever wonder what snowmen do at night when no one is watching? This book is about the antics that they get up to after everyone goes to sleep. I think children love imagining a whole separate world of magic that happens at night! The cheerful, crisp illustrations and easy rhyming text make this book a good choice for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children. Snowmen at Night is the first in a series that features several other books about the crazy things that snowmen get up to.
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman
This collection of poems about winter is fantastic! The poems are mostly about animals, and are great for teaching children about what they're up to in winter. There is also supplemental information about some of the animals that children may not be as familiar with. The illustrations are unique and beautiful. This book is suited for older preschoolers or elementary aged children, as it is quite text heavy.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino
This book is heavy on the science, and much of it will go over the heads of young children. The pictures are gorgeous, however, and certainly worth a look. There are great photographs of individual snow crystals, along with detailed explanations of how snow crystals (and snow flakes, which, apparently, are different) are formed.
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
So often when we think of winter the colors that come to mind are dull whites, grays, and browns. This book reminds us of the beautiful colors of winter. Pink cheeks, bright evergreen trees, purple tracks and shadows through the snow, and more. My girls loved this beautiful, bright winter book. I recommend it for toddlers and preschoolers.
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Mitten is a classic! After Nicki's grandmother knits him white mittens, one gets lost in the snow. A series of animals wants to warm up inside the mitten, beginning with a rabbit and slowly increasing in size until a giant bear squeezes in. My girls love seeing the mitten get bigger and bigger on each page! Jan Brett's detailed illustrations make this a delightful addition to your home library-- your toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary aged children will want to read this story again and again.
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
The Three Snow Bears is a clever arctic adaptation of the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. While the three snow bears go out to hunt, a young girl visits their very large cave and ends up falling asleep. It was great fun to see the classic story adapted in this way, and I watched my girls faces as I turned the pages to see when they would get it. As always, Jan Brett's illustrations are fantastic. The detail is remarkable and provides TONS for kids to look at while you read.
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
If you think that your preschooler might be ready for chapter books, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a great first choice. Mr. Popper ends up taking care of a dozen penguins in his home. You can imagine the hilarity that ensues. The chapters are short and there are lots of pictures to keep your little one interested!
White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresslet
White Snow Bright Snow is an older book, and for me, its main appeal is the vintage illustrations. It tells the story of several villagers getting ready for snow, how they manage during the storm, and how they fare afterwards. The story is also told around a lovely (but lengthy) poem that young children may not be interested in, but you can always skip that part!
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
I've never read a children's book that more perfectly captured the feeling of being cold more so than Owl Moon. As a young girl and her father go 'owling', she feels and describes all the sensations of winter. Though not a poem, there is a lovely poetic quality to this book, along with beautiful illustrations that draw you in.